Up Turns and Down Turns from Horizontal

For the beginner flyer, all is well until the kite’s nose is turned downward. Before there is a level of comfort with this orientation, there is most certainly panic. It’s like using your car’s navigation system and suddenly its orientation shifts and your vehicle is moving down the screen instead of upward. Left is no longer left and right is no longer right. The reason for the disconcerting nature of the downward turn is that in a span of 90º your kite is facing downward. With an upward turn, the kite needs to move a full 270º before it faces a similar position. That gives the flyer three times as much time in order to react. 

In order to get comfortable with that unsettling feeling, you’ll need to practice turns that bring the kite’s nose downward. Start with an upturn pattern of horizontal figure eights. Once you are comfortable with this pattern, switch to a downward turn. Be sure to bring the kite towards edge high enough to complete the downward turn. You might be surprised how quickly you become comfortable turning in either direction. You will also notice a distinct difference in the “feel” of the turn, as the downward turn also benefits from gravity. The result is a turn that sweeps or swoops across the sky.

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